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North Korea’s Foreign Ministry labels UN human rights rapporteur as US puppet

February 05, 2015, 8:16 UTC+3 PYONGYANG

The ministry’s statement followed Marzuki Darusman’s interview with the US’ AP news agency

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PYONGYANG, February 5. /TASS/. North Korea’s Foreign Ministry has labeled Marzuki Darusman, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the DPRK, as a puppet acting in the interests of the United States’ hostile policy towards Pyongyang.

A North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesperson said on Thursday Darusman "has slung dirt at the DPRK top officials the country’s army and people give credence to." According to the spokesperson, Darusman deserved the sternest punishment for his pronouncements. The North Korean Foreign Ministry blamed the UN rapporteur for fabricating a resolution on human rights violations in North Korea that was adopted by the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in December 2014. Darusman used false evidence of North Korean turncoats to stage "an anti-Pyongyang human rights campaign," the ministry claimed.

The ministry’s statement followed Darusman’s interview with the US’ AP news agency of February 2, where he said human rights in North Korea could only be ensured with the current leaders gone. The UN rapporteur, who had been Indonesia’s prosecutor general, said that human rights and the Pyongyang leaders were two absolutely incompatible notions.

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